UWA Fellowship Gap Central

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Further information

For all enquiries, please contact Christine Casey

UWA internal peer review process

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) supports excellence which will enhance the University’s research reputation.  UWA Fellowship Gap Central funding is available to provide salary support for fellowships awarded through the Australian Competitive Grant schemes and fellowships funded from other sources to be agreed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) on a case by case basis. The central support is provided to the Fellow when there is a salary shortfall in the amount received by the external funding agency and the equivalent UWA level.



The following will be eligible for gap central funding:

  • Fellows funded by schemes listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) and fellowships funded from other sources to be agreed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) on a case by case basis
  • The Fellowship/grant must be administered by UWA
  • Fellows who hold a fractional fellowship appointment at UWA will be funded at a pro-rata rate commensurate with the fractional appointment.
  • Fellows who transfer their fellowship to UWA, assuming they adhere to all other eligibility and conditions of award
  • UWA Fellowship applicants; including current fellows re-applying, will be required to have their application internally peer-reviewed and submitted to Research Grants by the internal deadline. Internal deadlines will be specific for each scheme and included in the internal guidelines for major ARC and NHMRC Schemes.  The internal deadline for all fellowship schemes will be 3 weeks prior to the external deadline.   Please contact the Research Grants Office for clarification about relevant internal deadlines.

The following will not be eligible for gap central funding:

  • Adjunct staff who are employed by another organization
  • Fellows who receive a clinical loading or an award contingent on the Fellow undertaking clinical work

Level of Funding

The gap funding only applies to the level to which the Fellow is awarded by the external funding agency.    

Details of the equivalent UWA levels for ARC/NHMRC funded fellows and others listed on the ACGR are available for reference:

If the successful applicant is appointed at a UWA level higher than the level of fellowship awarded, the shortfall in salary between the fellowship level and the UWA level will be the responsibility of the Fellow and their head of School/Centre.

UWA Fellowship Gap Central funding will be allocated by the Office of Research Enterprise on an annual basis - there is no application form.

Conditions of Award

  • The Fellow is expected to supervise research students (Honours, Masters and PhD), mentor early career researchers, and may teach in coursework units where possible and appropriate.
  • During the period of gap central funding, all publications must carry the UWA by-line and all other grants should be submitted through UWA.
  • The Fellow is expected to review the Australian Competitive Grant applications of others and participate in cultural change that will enhance UWA’s Australian Competitive Grant competitiveness.